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  • Books
    Books

    Book Review: Dragonslayer

    - by Parallel Worlds

    Epic fantasy is an interesting genre. The traditional blend of a medieval setting with fantastical elements, like magic and dragons, is a popular pathway for writers looking to pen an exciting story and find an audience. Duncan M. Hamilton’s Dragonslayer has a lot of the qualities readers of this type of fiction will like. At its heart, the book is a straightforward quest; with our hero, Guillot dal Villerauvais, or Gill, down on his luck and deep in his cups when we meet him.…

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    Miniature Of The Month: Uthred Steelmantle

    - by Parallel Worlds

    I remember the before-time, when snow did not touch the low valleys, and the sun still shone with pure and righteous fire. It was not this weak, wan caress that barely touches my spirit. No matter now. There is a new light, a new fire, and it burns within me as surely as lightning in a far distant stormcloud.  They called me Uth then, when they noticed me at all. Bastard son of a skald, limbs twisted by the ravager-curse. What hope did I…

  • Thinkpiece
    Thinkpiece

    Ruling the World: The sci-fi assumption of ‘Government Earth’

    - by Parallel Worlds

    In Babylon 5, ‘Earth Dome’ controls the planet. In The Expanse, the United Nations rules the Earth. Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets rules civilisations spanning many worlds, as does the Hegemony of Man in Dan Simmons’ Hyperion. We seem to accept and expect that the idea of ‘countries’ will one day disappear — but how might this come about? A ‘global’ or civilisation-wide government is a mainstay of classic science fiction. The idea that, as mankind’s borders recede into the cosmos, Earth will…

  • Video Games
    Video Games

    Destiny 2: Being five years late to the party

    - by Parallel Worlds

    Bungie’s massively multiplayer online (MMO) sci-fi-shooter Destiny 2 might be the best sci-fi first-person shooter (FPS) ever created. According to fans, it might even be the best sci-fi experience ever created, full stop. This certainly hasn’t always been a widespread opinion — what’s changed? The new downloadable content (DLC) Shadowkeep seems less like a standard expansion to Destiny 2 and more like a re-birth. The huge expansion takes us (back) to the Moon, along with all the new items, missions and loot that you’d…

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    Version Control: What Should You Play?

    - by Parallel Worlds

    Roleplaying games, tabletop war games, video games, and board games have come a long way since their experimental inception in the 1960s and 1970s. In many ways, it’s hard to remember that these different types of game originally drew inspiration from some of the same source material.   The 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons (known as 5e) was released in 2014 and is now well established as being the most popular roleplaying game (RPG) in the world. In roleplaying games, Call of Cthulhu is…

  • Event
    Event

    UK Games Expo 2019

    - by Parallel Worlds

    Held at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC), the Expo has become an annual event and a ‘must attend’ for board, card, roleplaying, and war game enthusiasts all over the United Kingdom.